Tim Keller, Evangelical Pastor And Author, Dies Aged 72
New York City-based pastor Tim Keller died Friday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72-years-old.
Keller’s helped found the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, who issued a moving statement to members on Friday morning. “We are forever grateful for his leadership, heart, and dedication to sharing the love of Christ with others. While we will miss his presence here, we know he is rejoicing with his Savior in heaven,” the statement reads.
“Tim loved what he did. He loved interacting with Redeemer congregants and global ministry leaders alike. He delighted in communicating the profound wonder and transforming power of the gospel of grace. He would quickly disarm you and brush away your addressing him as Dr. Keller. ‘Just Tim, please.”
His Family Speaks Out
Keller’s son wrote a moving tribute to his father on Facebook, saying that “Dad waited until he was alone with Mom. She kissed him on the forehead and he breathed his last breath. We take comfort in some of his last words, ‘There is no downside for me leaving, not in the slightest.’ See you soon Dad.”
Keller was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and had prolific academic, writing, and theology-centric career. He earned his doctorate from Westminster Theological Seminary, before serving Christ at a number of different schools and churches.
He founded Redeemer in 1989, and grow the congregation to roughly 5,000 weekly attendees. His legacy will never been forgotten.